The red deer

Skåne's & Åland's Provincial Animals

Latin: Cervus Elaphus

These impressive animals hold a special place in our hearts and are a symbol of the wild nature in Sweden. In this post, we will explore the red deer, its lifestyle, and its presence in Swedish forests.

Facts about the Red Deer

The red deer is larger than a roe deer and can weigh between 40 and 100 kilograms. The male is called a stag, while the female is called a hind and the offspring a calf. These majestic animals have chestnut-colored fur and characteristic palm leaf-shaped antlers.

Red deer are herbivores and feed on a diet that includes grass, herbs, leaves, twigs, and sometimes berries. They are particularly active during dusk and dawn, spending much of the day grazing on nutritious vegetation.

The mating season for red deer typically occurs in autumn. After a gestation period of about 7-8 months, calves are usually born in May to June. These young red deer, the calves, are lively and grow quickly during the summer. They stay with their mothers for the first year before becoming independent.

The Antlers

The stag is known for its impressive antlers. These antlers are branched and resemble palm leaves. They grow during spring and summer and are shed later in the year. The deer's antlers are a sign of their age and strength, used to impress females and mark territory.

Encounters in the Forest

If you want the chance to encounter a red deer in the forest, the best time is usually during early morning and late afternoon. Red deer are more active during these hours. If you're fortunate enough to encounter a red deer, be respectful and enjoy observing them from a distance. Red deer are generally peaceful animals, but they can become nervous if they feel threatened.

Size and Distribution

Wither Height: 0.8 - 1.5 meters

Length: 1.4 - 2.1 meters

Female Weight: 40 - 60 kilograms

Male Weight: 70 - 100 kilograms

Lifespan: 10 - 16 years in the wild

Distribution in Sweden

The red deer can be found in Götaland, Svealand, and Norrland up to Västerbotten!

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